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Leopold van Asten leads the way in the Longines Grand Prix in La Coruna

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Leopold van Asten won the Longines Grand Prix in La Coruna. Photo Photo by Manuel Queimadelos / Oxer Sport.The Netherland's Leopold van Asten and VDL Groep Zidane (Heartbreaker x Calando I) won the five star Grand Prix in La Coruna yesterday, creating history at Casas Novas as a rider never before has won both the summer and winter Grand Prix the same year. Only three riders managed to be clear in the second round, and Van Asten was the quickest one of them leaving Denis Lynch in second and Olivier Robert in third.

Robert Whitaker was the first to enter the ring in this incredibly rich Grand Prix, and got a great faultless round as pathfinder later being joined by ten other clear riders and one rider on four faults for the second round. Poles fell easy around the track, and many of the best riders in the world had unlucky rails to be kept out of round two.

In the end Leopold van Asten secured the victory after two brilliant clear rounds, with a round against the clock that was almost two seconds faster than that of Denis Lynch on All Star 5 (Argentinus x Alme). Third was Olivier Robert with Quenelle du Py (Tresor du Renom). Spanish Alvarez Aznar was the best home rider to end fourth after a time penalty in the second round and received the Tyco Trophy to be the best national rider.

"I made a long journey to get here, but it was worth. Winning the Grand Prize is a pride," Leopold said after his win.

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